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The twitterverse got itself in a tizzy (twizzy?) Tuesday (actually it seems to be in a tizzy pretty much all the time. Too bad valium is not retweetable) when Wayne Coyne, frontman for Oklahoma-bred experimental artpop band The Flaming Lips blasted out what appeared to be nude pictures of his sometime collaborator Erykah Badu with the following words: “And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave..to the dark and empty skies.” Though never one to miss an opportunity to challenge prudish conventions–whether with nudity in Dallas or tattoos in Malayasia–Mizz Badoula was quick to clarify that the female form depicted (nude, in a bathtub filled with glitter) was not hers but her “lil sister and bestee” Nayrok Badu AKA “Nayrok Udab” who is pretty much a devil’s double for her more famous older sibling (see side-by-side pics here). The mix up is understandable, considering that Badu has played with the Lips a number of times in the past and in fact the shots are from a video for their joint cover/reinterpretation of “The Furst Time Ever I saw Your Face” (listen via the youtube clip above) made famous by Roberta Flack. The track will be included on a new collection of such collaborations between the Lips and a diverse array of artists titled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends which is releasing June 26 and features the likes of Yoko Ono, Ke$ha, Coldplay, Biz Markie, Edward Sharpe, Tame Impala and Neon Indian in addition to our beloved Badu (find art and full tracklist after the nude pics after the jump).

The Erykah Badu nude pictures online are not real.

The Erykah Badu nude pictures online are not real.

The Erykah Badu nude pictures online are not real.

The Erykah Badu nude pictures online are not real.

The Erykah Badu nude pictures online are not real.

The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends tracklist:

01 2012 (You Must Be Upgraded) [ft. Ke$ha, Biz Markie and Hour of the Time Majesty 12]
02 Ashes in the Air [ft. Bon Iver]
03 Helping the Retarded to Know God [ft. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros]
04 Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee [ft. Prefuse 73]
05 Children of the Moon [ft. Tame Impala]
06 That Ain’t My Trip [ft. Jim James of My Morning Jacket]
07 You, Man? Human??? [ft. Nick Cave]
08 I’m Working at NASA on Acid [ft. Lightning Bolt]
09 Do It! [ft. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band]
10 Is David Bowie Dying? [ft. Neon Indian]
11 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face [ft. Erykah Badu]
12 Girl, You’re So Weird [ft. New Fumes]
13 Tasered and Maced [ft. Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory]

spotted at PD

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